International Conference On Preconditioning Techniques For Scientific And Industrial Applications -- Report of the event

17-19 June 2015
Eindhoven, The Netherlands

This 9-th international conference which focusses on preconditioning techniques in sparse matrix computation, was organized by the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science Eindhoven University of Technology. Conference group photo in front of the TU/e Auditorium building
About 100 participants (see participants) including the 8 invited speakers (see invited speakers) shared ideas and had lively discussion over a period of three days.

About 60 speakers presented in up to three parallel sessions their scientific work on a variety of topics (see program):

  • ILU type methods
  • Porous Media
  • Parallel solution methods
  • Industrial applications
  • Electromagnetics
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Singular problems
  • Industrial problems
  • Fluid Flow Problems
  • Preconditioners for coupled systems
  • Indefinite problems
  • Schrödinger equations
  • Control
  • Statistics
  • Magnetohydrodynamics
  • Convection diffusion problems
  • Imaging
  • Convergence analysis
  • Inverse Approximation
There were two minisymposia:
  • Fluid Flow Problems (5 speakers)
  • Preconditioners for coupled systems (8 speakers)
The openingslecture was by Ulrich Rüde:
Invited speaker Jennifer Pestana:
and contributed lecture by Yogi Erlangga:
Lectures from participants from the industry to show the large economical impact of the research: Joost Rommes of Mentor Graphics Grenoble:
A special evening lecture at the Van Abbe museum by Koos Meijering and Henk van der Vorst about 40 years of preconditioning in the Netherlands. Henk van der Vorst during the opening of the evening lecture:
The morning following the evening lecture, Henk van der Vorst made the above piece of art: The lines, which have been applied according to recipe, refer to Sol LeWitt in the museum; The flowers and leaves are derived from Japanese motifs which more than in US art revert to nature. The entire has been placed into the circle by rotations and polar transformations. This picture should be viewed on (very) large format or printed. It is dedicated to the conference participants:

The attendants were from universities/organizations/industry of USA, Europe, Middle east and Far east:

and both early stage researchers (PhD's) as well as experts in the field. Lots of idea's were exchanged during the breaks:
Feedback from the participants showed that the conference was very appreciated. Finally, the conference dinner: Special evening speakers van der Vorst and Meijerink:
Experts mixed with the early stage researchers:
Once again the organizers thank all the participants for making the PRECON2015 a succes.

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